At this year’s Beijing Motor Show, Toyota announced that it will introduce 10 new electrified vehicles in China by the end of 2020. The first vehicles to be introduced will be plug-in hybrid versions of the Corolla and Levin, as well as a battery electric vehicle (BEV).

The PHEV models made their debut at the show, but exact specifications weren’t provided at the time – Toyota merely says they offer an electric-only driving range of 50 km or greater. Production of both models is set to take place in China next year, marking Toyota’s first overseas production of PHEVs.

The cars will go on sale in the same year as well, with GAC Toyota Motor being responsible for the Corolla, while the Levin will be sold by FAW Toyota. Aside from different styling, both PHEVs should share identical mechanicals. Conventional hybrid versions of the Corolla and Levin have already been introduced in China, which are also produced locally.

On the BEV, Toyota says the model will be based on the C-HR (GAC Toyota Motor)/IZOA (FAW Toyota Motor), saying the vehicle will arrive in 2020. In China, the compact SUVs have yet to go on sale, and will be powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine mated to a Direct Shift-CVT – both being new technologies recently revealed by Toyota.

To further accelerate Toyota’s China-based vehicle electrification efforts, the company is aiming to build a local production base for key components involving its Chinese partners. In 2015, the company began production of transaxles for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) at Toyota Motor (Changshu) Auto Parts (TMCAP).

Moving forward, it plans to increase the annual production capacity for nickel-metal hydride battery modules at Sinogy Toyota Automotive Energy System and Corun PEVE Automotive Battery to 220,000 units in 2020.

Toyota is also strengthening its local R&D and production bases with a new battery testing facility at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) set to open in 2020. Last year, it also began a three-year verification-test programme in China that involves the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell vehicle as well as commercial vehicles.

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